Disposal of Asbestos Sheets

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Disposal of Asbestos Sheets
Dispose of asbestos sheets safely (waste image by Cora Reed from Fotolia.com)

The improper disposal of asbestos sheets is not only hazardous to health, but it is also illegal. When asbestos cracks or breaks, it sends asbestos particles into the air. If ingested, these particles can cause a myriad of health complications. For that reason, state and local governments have set up specific policies pertaining to the lawful disposal of asbestos sheets. Follow these steps to dispose of asbestos sheets properly; avoid risking your and others' health, and prevent unnecessary violations of the law.

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Things you need

  • Respirator
  • Protective clothing
  • Spray bottle
  • Sheet plastic
  • Large plastic bags

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  1. 1

    Put on full body protection from head to toe. Be sure to wear gloves, boots, trousers and a long sleeved shirt. Place down a sheet of plastic for your work area before you begin. Put on your respirator.

  2. 2

    Place the sheet of asbestos onto the sheet of plastic carefully. Use the spray bottle filled with water to dampen the sheet of asbestos. Use just enough water to lightly cover the surface of the asbestos. Dampening asbestos will help prevent the particles from going airborne in the event that the asbestos breaks.

  3. 3

    Inspect the large plastic bag for holes. Do not use a bag that has holes, as the asbestos can easily break and send the particles airborne. Slip the asbestos sheet into the large plastic bag. Label the plastic bag, "Asbestos Waste." Tie the top of the bag tightly to ensure there are no openings from which the asbestos can escape.

  4. 4

    Roll the sheet plastic and place it in a plastic bag, seal it and mark it for asbestos waste. Take off your protective clothing and wash it immediately. Take a shower and be sure to wash your entire body thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Call the state Environmental Protection Agency and ask for a list of approved landfills in your area where the asbestos can be taken. Ask for any requirements to dispose of the asbestos at such landfills. As every state has different laws regarding asbestos disposal; make sure you get the full information of what you're required to do by law before disposing of your asbestos waste material.

  6. 6

    Take your asbestos to an authorised landfill for disposal. Bring your respirator and protective clothing if required. Be careful to transport your asbestos where nothing can puncture the bags holding the waste. Many landfills are required by law to report any opened or damaged bags, and you may be cited for mishandling waste material.

Tips and warnings

  • Hire an asbestos removal professional to remove and dispose of your asbestos waste if you do not feel comfortable handling asbestos.
  • Never drill, saw or break the asbestos. Doing so will release the disease-causing asbestos particles into the air.
  • Use extreme caution when working with asbestos, and make sure anyone in the vicinity is properly clothed in full body protective gear and wearing a respirator during and after the bagging of the asbestos sheets.

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